Dear Fourth Grade Families,
We are quickly winding up our time together in fourth grade. I have loved being your child’s teacher! I hope that everyone has had a productive two years and students are ready to move on to fifth grade.
Next week is our Native American Immersion Week. Skip, a member of the Potowatomi nation, will be visiting us and presenting cultural information to the children. Teachers and Instructional Assistants will collaborate with Ms, Naomi to complete the experience with many additional stations. Just like Earth Week, it is best to give you a day-by-day schedule, rather than by subject area. Specials will not meet as usual on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday for our class.
Students will move around campus, the PC trails, and the PC farm this week. It is best to contact Mrs. Schaefer in the office in case of emergency or a schedule change and she can track down the teachers. If you know that you will need to check your child out between 9:00 and 3:00, let us know 24 hours in advance. That way we can plan ahead. I will not have access to email during the day.
Monday: Students will harvest willow at the PC farm. Back on campus, but outside, they have a lesson on Potowatomi artifacts with Skip and explore mystery artifacts with Ms. Naomi. Students MUST be dressed for the weather and insects. Students need rain boots, rain gear, hats, and warm layers for the harvest.
Tuesday: We start off the day with the Green Challenge Assembly. Our class is giving a five minute slide show on the Bee Friendly project. Students are on the go again today during the Campsite Location Hike. On-campus, but outside, students will learn about Potowatomi religion from Skip, make dreamcatchers, and cook succotash.
Wednesday: Today is early release and Skip will not join us. Instead I will lead lessons on-campus comparing Native American tribes and students will read about the importance of Spirit Animal Guides in Native American traditions. Students will have Spanish and PE today as usual.
Thursday: Today we build the wigwam on-campus with Skip and some of his friends. Students will also play several Native American inspired games, practice weaving, and create a medicine bag.
Friday: Today is the best day this week. In the morning we have four quick stations on-campus: making maple sugar, writing a legend, making bead bracelets, and planting squash seeds for the Three Sisters Garden that goes in later in May. At 12:30 on Friday, we have a traditional Pow-wow in the gym. Please join us for this very special event! Be sure to sign in at the office.
We are still planning the Bike Hike closer to the end of May. I would like to wait to plan with the weather in mind. I will need several parent volunteers.
Dates to Remember:
5/3: Early Release
5/10: NWEA Reading
5/11: Old World Wisconsin Field Trip
5/12: Green Team Campfire, 7 pm
5/17: NWEA Math
5/23: Bee Friendly Parent Night 6 pm
5/31: Illinois Beach State Park Field Trip